Cross Rhythm Series

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Chirp OG Flare

This scratch pattern is attributed to DJ A-track and combines a Chirp and an OG Flare, with each sound performed equally. The Chirp has a duration of two beats, while the OG Flare lasts three beats. This unequal linking of different beat lengthed scratches results in a five beat cross rhythm scratch.

Turnaround Transform

This transform technique is an example of a five beat cross rhythm scratch that has four sounds in total. The fifth beat is silent and helps to space out the scratch while retaining the shifting motion of a five beat cross rhythm over a regular time beat. This method of adding silence to push a scratch into a cross rhythm can be used in any technique to allow further phrasing possibilities.

Balanced Hippopotamus

I’m fairly certain the Hippopotamus scratch was created by DJ Qbert. The five syllables of the name ‘Hippopotamus’ relates to the five sounds created by this type of flare. In a Balanced Hippopotamus each sound segment is performed with even timing and results in another five beat cross rhythm scratch.

Crescent Lucky 7

The Lucky 7 is another of Qbert’s combos and is made from combining an OG Flare with a one click Flare. In the Crescent Lucky 7 the one click Flare is replaced with a crescent flare to give a sharper overall sound to the scratch.

Enneagon

In geometry, an enneagon is a 9 sided polygon. I use this term for this particular nine beat cross rhythm scratch. The enneagon is composed of a one click flare, and a balanced hippopotamus.

Hendecagon

In geometry, a hendecagon is an 11 sided polygon. I use this term for this particular eleven beat cross rhythm scratch. The hendecagon is composed of two chirps, an OG flare, and a Crescent flare.

Chirp Boomerang

The boomerang can be considered a six beat cross rhythm. When we add another two beats to this scratch using a chirp, the total number of beats in the combination is lengthened to eight. The result is a cross rhythm influenced regular time scratch.

Royal Line

This technique combines two Chirp OG Flares with a Chirp Crescent Flare. The OG Flares together add up to ten beats and imply a five beat cross rhythm continuation. The Chirp Crescent Flare stabilises this implied cross rhythm by adding another six beats to the pattern, making a total of sixteen beats in all. This is another example of a cross rhythm influenced regular time scratch.